“L’economia alternativa nelle Apuane” conference will address alternatives to the ongoing marble quarrying, this Saturday, in Lucca

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Salviamo le Apuane is a group of environmentalists who see closing ALL the marble quarries above Carrara as the only choise available to stop what has been termed “the greatest environmental disaster of Europe.”

This Saturday, the 8th of February, in Lucca,  the group is staging a conference which will explore alternatives to the quarrying activity.

To say that the environmentalists’ proposal is controversial, is a bit of an understatement. The issue is complicated and divides the locals. You can read more about the petition – which is apparently gathering lots of signatures in Germany, at the moment – and about the complexities of the issue in the articles linked below.

The Saturday session will include organizational stuff, readings, and the showing of the documentary film “Aut Aut!” – which we’ve posted before, … you can see it linked below.

Several companies will present projects on the subject: two farms, one alternative commercial endeavor, one tour operator, and a tourist guide.

The Apuan Alps, a mountain range in northern Tuscany, are a designated National Park – and yet they host about 300 quarries; … about 9 million tons of marble are extracted every year, with about 3/4th of the total as debris used in construction and as calcium carbonate – for use in tooth paste and cleaners. Just to give you some comparison: in 1920 about 100,000 tons of marble were excavated in the quarries above Carrara – about a tenth of what’s extracted today, ostensibly to keep up with competition from the emerging economies of China, Russia and India.

Read the wikipedia article on the Apuan Alps, linked here.

Saturday, February 8th at 3:00pm
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The photo above is from the Salviamo le Apuane’s fb page, which you can visit, for more information, linked here.

Previously on Art is Life:

“Turning Art History into Toothpaste” The issues involving the “ongoing environmental disaster” in Carrara’s marble region are beginning to be noticed

<Reposting: “The destruction of the Apuan Alps; the greatest environmental disaster of Europe”

UPDATE: ____________ “Stop the destruction of the Apuan Alps” – Online petition gathers steam, prompts an official response

“SALVIAMO LE APUANE” Environmentalists and “escursionisti” tag Mount Pania to stop the “destruction of the Apuan Alps”

“The Plundered Alps” Der Spiegel Magazine tells of the devastation of the Apuan Alps

John Singer Sargent’s watercolors of the Marble Quarries in Carrara

“The Apennine in the light of day / Is a mighty mountain dim and gray.” B&W photos of the marble quarries in the Apuan Alps over Carrara

“Out of the Mist – the Rock Art of the Alpi Apuane” at Villa Gori

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